Lack Of Receivers
Brady wasn’t garbage in 2022, but he wasn’t his usual brilliant self either. However, it didn’t help that he lost some important weapons from his Tampa Bay Super Bowl win. Rob Gronkowski retired again and left a gaping hole on the field. He was also one of Brady’s closest friends so it was a blow for him to leave the locker room (via Code Sports).
Mike Evans is an elite player but there was too much pressure on his shoulders. Antonio Brown, for all of his personal flaws, was also a big loss. It became increasingly difficult for Brady to find his targets because they weren’t there. Meanwhile, he wasn’t operating at the same level as before. These two issues combined to create a bigger problem for the team.